Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
This grand resort features sprawling pools, a seaside chapel and a deliciously decadent spa.
Built on a 40-acre property by Japanese developer Takeshi Sekiguchi, this $600-million resort is anchored by a 780-room/52-suite hotel. Accommodations are attractively decorated in light and earthy island tones; the Napua Tower rooms include a dedicated concierge and complimentary breakfast and cocktails. The hotel has changed hands more than once, and millions have been spent over the years upgrading "The Grand." In the majestic public areas you will see a spectacular, $30-million art collection, including Fernando Botero and Ferdinand Leger sculptures and paintings by Zhou Ling and Yvonne Cheng (complimentary art tours are offered).
Numerous restaurants and lounges vie for your attention, including the crazily named, oceanfront Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, serving Hawaiian and Polynesian fare. For recreation there is the Wailea Canyon Activity Pool with six waterfalls, a whitewater rapids slide and the world’s first water elevator, and The Rock, a 20,000-square-foot kids’ center. In the middle of all this is a replica of an old missionary chapel, ideal for weddings. The most dazzling attraction, though, is the 50,000-square-foot Spa Grande, a lavish facility with 40 treatment rooms and a hydrotherapy circuit with a Roman tub and Japanese furo. For golfers, there are three 18-hole championship courses in Wailea.